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And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor. ~Thomas Jefferson The Declaration of Independence--Rjordan958 20:23, 14 December 2005 (UTC)[reply]

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 372-75.
  • The sense of honour is of so fine and delicate a nature, that it is only to be met with in minds which are naturally noble, or in such as have been cultivated by good examples, or a refined education.
  • Turpe quid ausurus, te sine teste time.
    • When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
    • Ansonius, Septem Sapientum Sententiæ Septenis Veribus Explicatæ, III. 7.
  • The best memorial for a mighty man is to gain honor ere death.
  • L'honneur est comme une île escarpée et sans bords;
    On n'y peut plus rentrer dès qu'on en est dehors.
    • Honor is like an island, rugged and without shores; we can never re-enter it once we are on the outside.
    • Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, Satires, X. 167.
  • Nulla est laus ibi esse integrum, ubi nemo est, qui aut possit aut conetur rumpere.
    • There is no praise in being upright, where no one can, or tries to corrupt you.
    • Cicero, In Verrem, II. 1. 16.
  • Nec tibi quid liceat, sed quid fecisse decebit
    Occurrat, mentemque domet respectus honesti.
    • Do not consider what you may do, but what it will become you to have done, and let the sense of honor subdue your mind.
    • Claudianus, De Quarto Consulatu Honorii Augusti Panegyris, CCLXVII.
  • Honor lies in honest toil.
    • Glover Cleveland, letter accepting nomination for President (Aug. 18, 1884). In William Q. Stoddard, Life of Grover Cleveland, Chapter XV.
  • Ici l'honneur m'oblige, et j'y veux satisfaire.
    • Here honor binds me, and I wish to satisfy it.
    • Pierre Corneille, Polyeucte, IV. 3.
  • And all at Worcester but the honour lost.
  • These were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of the times.
    • Ecclesiasticus. XLIV. 7.
  • Madame, pour vous faire savoir comme se porte le resté de mon infortune, de toutes choses m'est demeuré que l'honneur et la vie qui est sauvé.
    • Madame, that you may know the state of the rest of my misfortune, there is nothing left to me but honor, and my life, which is saved.
    • Francis I, to his mother. Written in the Letter of safe conduct given to the Viceroy of Naples for the Commander Penalosa the morning after Pavia. See Aimé Champollion, Captivité de François I. Figeac, p. 129 (Ed. 1847). In Martin, Histoire de France, Volume VIII. Sismondi, Volume XVI, p. 241.
  • Your word is as good as the Bank, sir.
    • Holcroft, The Road to Ruin, Act I, scene 3.
  • Honour is but an itch in youthful blood
    Of doing acts extravagantly good.
    • Howard, Indian Queen.
  • Great honours are great burdens, but on whom
    They are cast with envy, he doth bear two loads.
    His cares must still be double to his joys,
    In any dignity.
    • Ben Jonson, Catiline, His Conspiracy, Act III, scene 1, line 1.
  • Summum crede nefas, animum præferre pudori,
    Et propter vitam vivendi perdere causas.
    • Believe it to be the greatest of all infamies, to prefer your existence to your honor, and for the sake of life to lose every inducement to live.
    • Juvenal, Satires (early 2nd century), VIII. 83.
  • Dead on the field of honour.
    • Answer given in the roll-call of La Tour d' Auvergne's regiment after his death.
  • Quod pulcherrimum idem tutissimum est.
    • What is honorable is also safest.
    • Livy, Annales, XXXIV. 14.
  • Perchè non i titoli illustrano gli uomini, ma gli uomini i titoli.
    • For titles do not reflect honor on men, but rather men on their titles.
    • Niccolò Machiavelli, Dei Discorsi, III. 38.
  • Honour is purchas'd by the deeds we do;
    * * honour is not won,
    Until some honourable deed be done.
  • To set the cause above renown,
    To love the game beyond the prize,
    To honor while you strike him down,
    The foe that comes with fearless eyes;
    To count the life of battle good
    And dear the land that gave you birth,
    And dearer yet the brotherhood
    That binds the brave of all the earth.
  • When honor comes to you be ready to take it;
    But reach not to seize it before it is near.
  • Honour, the spur that pricks the princely mind,
    To follow rule and climb the stately chair.
  • We'll shine in more substantial honours,
    And to be noble, we'll be good.
  • Et ille quidem plenus annis abiit, plenus honoribus, illis etiam quos recusavit.
    • He died full of years and of honors, equally illustrious by those he refused as by those he accepted.
    • Pliny the Younger, Epistles, II. 1.
  • A Quixotic sense of the honorable—of the chivalrous.
  • Faisons ce que l'honneur exige.
    • Let us do what honor demands.
    • Jean Racine, Bérénice, IV. 4.
  • Mais sans argent l'honneur n'est qu'une maladie.
    • But without money honor is nothing but a malady.
    • Jean Racine, Plaideurs, I. 1.
  • Nichtswürdig ist die Nation, die nicht
    Ihr alles freudig setzt an ihre Ehre.
    • That nation is worthless which does not joyfully stake everything on her honor.
    • Friedrich Schiller, Die Jungfrau von Orleans, I. 5. 81.
  • Das Herz und nicht die Meinung ehrt den Mann.
    • What he feels and not what he does honors a man.
    • Friedrich Schiller, Wallenstein's Tod, IV. 8. 70.
  • His honor rooted in dishonor stood,
    And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true.
  • The nation's honor is dearer than the nation's comfort; yes, than the nation's life itself.


  • A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.
  • A prophet is not without honor except in his own country among his own people.
  • A true man of honor feels humbled himself when he cannot help humbling others.
  • A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
  • Ability without honor is useless.
  • As this long and difficult war ends, I would like to address a few special words to the American people: Your steadfastness in supporting our insistence on peace with honor has made peace with honor possible.
  • As we honor and thank the brave men and women of our military who fight today to guarantee our freedom, we realize there is no greater force in the world than the energy of free people, and we must remember that spreading that energy is the best way to help our country remain free and secure.
  • Fondly we think we honor merit then, When we but praise ourselves in other men.
  • Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.
  • Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.
  • Honor is the reward of virtue.
  • It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.
  • Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable.
  • No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.
  • Show me the person you honor, for I know better by that the kind of person you are. For you show me what your idea of humanity is.
  • Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.
  • There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat.
  • To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.
  • To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground.
  • Who is worthy of honor? The one who honors others.
  • You have to defend your honor. And your family.
  • Honor is a fool's trap.
    • Anonymous
  • Loyualte me lie
    • Translation: Loyalty binds me
    • Richard III
  • "Rather fail with honour than succeed by fraud"
  • "In contrast to the purely economically determined "class situation" we wish to designate as "status situation" every typical component of the life fate of men that is determined by a specific, positive or negative, social estimation of honour. This honour may be connected with any quality shared by a plurality, and, of course, it can be knit to a class situation: class distinctions are linked in the most varied ways with status distinctions. Property as such is not always recognised as a status qualification, but in the long run is, and with extraordinary regularity."
  • "Peace is a precious and a desirable thing. Our generation, bloodied in wars, certainly deserves peace. But peace, like almost all things of this world, has its price, a high but a measurable one. We in Poland do not know the concept of peace at any price. There is only one thing in the lives of men, nations and countries that is without price. That thing is honor."